I grew up in Germany and my mom always made home-made bread crumbs. When I came to the United States, I was amazed to find an endless variety of flavored bread crumbs in the grocery stores. However, being wary of long ingredient lists, I have continued making my own bread crumbs. It is surprisingly simple.
In addition, it comes with great benefits including reduction of food waste, saving money, minimizing landfill (from containers bought in the grocery store), and reducing ingredients in your diet that you cannot pronounce. =)
So what do you need:
Stale, old bread, preferably white bread (make sure it is completely dry and hard)
Grater (alternatively food processor)
Ziploc bag/air-tight container to store bread crumbs in
How to make the bread crumbs:
1. If you have left-over bread that has gone stale before you could finish eating it, place the bread in a dry area to let it dry out completely. The bread should be really hard and dry. If it is a large piece of bread, it may be best to cut it into smaller chunks to allow faster drying and easier grating.
2. Use the bread chunk and grate using a grater. Alternatively, you may want to try a food processor. It should work, I just have never tried it. =)
3. Store the bread crumbs in an airtight container and use the same way you would use store-bought breadcrumbs.
* If you like seasoned bread crumbs. Use your favorite dried seasonings, such as basil, parsley, garlic, or salt and season to taste. (1/2 teaspoon of season for each cup of bread crumbs)
* Unseasoned bread crumbs will store almost indefinitely, provided that the bread was fully dry. Adding seasoning will shorten the life-span.